I’m probably not the only one here that hates waking up early in the morning. Now there’s an alarm clock that can make the painful process a little more enjoyable. AlarmDroid is meant to be an alarm clock that lures your soothingly out of bed. Find out if AlarmDroid is as dependable and effective as it’s made out to be in today’s test.
|Tested version||Latest version|
|1.3.2||Varies with device|
Features & Use
AlarmDroid is an alarm clock for your Android phone. As far as functions are concerned, this alarm app has got just about everything you’ll ever need on board.
You can set a standard ring tone or select an MP3 from your phone to be the alarm sound as well as turn on a speaking clock that tells you the current time. AlarmDroid also includes a Soft Alarm that gradually increases the volume of the alarm sound in order to softly wake you from your dreams.
It’s up to you to adjust the snooze time that let’s you nap just a little more before actually having to get up.
One of the coolest features is the fact that you can adjust the way you turn off the alarm or go into snooze mode. You can select between flip’n’snooze, shake’n’stop, snooze by power button, and long click, which makes you long press the snooze or stop button on the display to turn off the alarm. That way you won’t accidentally shut off your alarm half-asleep and wake up an hour later.
AlarmDroid has been waking me up very gently and soothingly for the last week. I have set it to ring 5 times between 07:00 am and 8:00 am, so that there isn’t a chance of me sleeping through it. There’s nothing more I could wish for in terms of functions and use with AlarmDroid.
Screen & Controls
When you start up AndroidDroid all you can see is an alarm on the app’s main menu. By using the long press you can:
- Switch alarm on/off
- Edit Settings
Simply taping the alarm directs you to the alarm preferences screen. Add new alarms by pressing the menu button and selecting Add Alarm. The menu button also let’s you access the AlarmDroid Settings.
In General Preferences you can personalize and set up your alarm just the way you want it. You have the option of:
- Giving the alarm a title
- Adjust snooze time
- Select days on which alarm should ring
- Activate the speaking clock
- Adjust time span for soft alarm
- Select the alarm ring
- Access Advanced Settings
You can select your default ringtone or use any MP3 as your alarm ring. You can sort through your phone’s tracks by:
In conjunction with the alarm ring, you can activate the speaking clock, which tells you the current time and a programmed text (Time to wake up!) that you can compose yourself. You’ll have to install the Text-to-Speech module in order to take advantage of the speaking clock. You can also select the interval between the speaking clock announcing the time (once, constant, every 15, 30, 45 or 60 seconds). You can test the way the alarm ring and speaking clock sound before activating them.
In the Settings, you can determine how to turn off your phone by either shaking it or flipping the phone over. Both of these features worked really well during the test. You can even adjust the sensor sensitivity for both based on your phone.
In addition, you can deactivate the lockscreen (this feature doesn’t work on all phones) and/or activate the status bar notification. This way you’ll know when an alarm clock is set by looking at your notification bar.
AlarmDroid is really awesome in terms of controls and layout. All the Settings are easily accessible and simple to figure out. Great stuff!
Speed & Stability
AlarmDroid worked perfectly during our test and rang without fail when it was supposed to!
You can download AlarmDroid for free from the Android Market.
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